Dec 2, 2012 10:00am PST
canterbury rowan williams and his newly named successor, justin welby, both expressed their disappointment. some british politicians have suggested the church should lose its tax-exempt status for violating antidiscrimination laws. church leaders meeting this week called resolving the issue of female bishops a "matter of urgency." >>> meanwhile, at the vatican last weekend, six new cardinals received their red hats, and for the first time in many years the group did not include any italians or other europeans. the new cardinals came from colombia, india, lebanon, nigeria, the philippines and the u.s. but the full college of cardinals remains heavily european. >>> charities, including several religious groups, reportedly raised at least $10 million online in one day this week, as part of an effort called giving tuesday. organizers encouraged people to donate or volunteer on that day as an antidote to the consumerism of so-called "black friday" and "cyber monday." according to the center on philanthropy at indiana university, charitable giving in the u.s. overall was up in 2011 by nearly 4%.